Dickens’s Characters, Talents and Limitations
His work need no eulogies from me. In his own way he is unrivalled and that way is one which leads to the widest range of popularity. My intercourse with him has always been constant and friendlytho’ the writers of the Periodical Press most under his influence have spoken of me with vehement abuse or contemptuous depreciation — as if they thought that would please him. He has been fortunate in escaping the envy of fellow writers and has aided this good fortune by very skilful care of his own fame — watching every occasion to refresh it — in times when it has seemed to fade a little and maintaining a corps of devoted parasites in the Press. He understands the practical part of Authorship beyond any writer — W. Scott not excepted.